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City of Seward Legislative Hist
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Sponsored by: Mayor Dunham <br /> CITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA <br /> RESOLUTION 2010 -034 <br /> A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEWARD, <br /> ALASKA, OPPOSING "AN INITIATIVE CREATING AN ALASKA ANTI- <br /> CORRUPTION ACT," WHICH WILL BE ON THE 2010 ALASKA PRIMARY <br /> ELECTION BALLOT <br /> WHEREAS, there has been a move to place this initiative on ballots across the United <br /> States; and <br /> WHEREAS, this state -wide initiative will be on the August 24, 2010 primary election ballot; <br /> and <br /> WHEREAS, we believe this initiative takes away the rights of Alaska municipalities and <br /> their ability to effectively lobby their state and/or federal representatives; and <br /> WHEREAS, there are at least 34 municipalities and boroughs that utilize state representation <br /> to correspond with their state government; and <br /> WHEREAS, prohibiting local government officials and others named in the initiative, from <br /> directly or indirectly from using, directing, permitting, receiving, or facilitating the use of tax <br /> revenues for campaigning, lobbying, or partisan purposes would result in local government officials <br /> being unable to weigh in on the very important issues that they are elected by their communities to <br /> move forward; and <br /> WHEREAS, this initiative also tramples on "First Amendment Rights" that would <br /> specifically target organizations that advocate on and with government issues by taking away their <br /> right to lobby and/or take positions with regards to upcoming legislation that may affect them and <br /> their ability to operate in a manner set forth by their constituents and /or members; and <br /> WHEREAS, according to media reports, this initiative has been instigated and funded by a <br /> man from New York City who is behind similar initiatives in at least three to five other states; and <br /> WHEREAS, this initiative has passed in only one of those states (Colorado) three years ago <br /> and was just recently struck down as unconstitutional; and <br /> WHEREAS, the term "anti- corruption" is a very misleading term used by the proponents of <br /> the initiative, as in reality it is a basic attack on our Constitutional rights of free speech and our right <br /> to petition our government for redress; and <br />
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